Frequently Asked Questions

How do I renew my license?

License renewal is available online. Visit to renew your license. Note that online license renewal is available only during renewal periods (typically November through January). However, you can visit at any time to verify the status of any real estate licensee or company.

To renew your license, you must log into My Iowa PLB. If you have not yet logged into the new system, click on new user. Set up your account and link your license. Paper renewals are no longer accepted. During the renewal period, you will click on “Applications/Renewals.” Complete the checklist, upload your course completion certificates, and click “Submit for Review.” 

Additional renewal information can be found on theIowa Real Estate Commissions FAQ page.

When do I renew my license?

The 2018 renewal cycle will be available beginning November 16, 2018 until December 31, 2018.

You may not renew before the cycle opens. 

 Can I carry over hours from one licensing period to the next?


How much of my 36 hours can be home study / online hours?

A maximum of 24 hours may be taken through home study/online courses.

What do I do with the certificates I receive from taking a course?

You do not have to turn in your certificates when you renew your license, but you do have to have them on file in case you are audited by the Iowa Real Estate Commission. Certificates for classes taken through the IAR School of Real Estate are kept online for you in the My Account section of our website.

The Iowa Association of REALTORS® keeps track of all my education hours for me, right?  No, the Iowa Association of REALTORS keeps track of classes offered by the Association and its educational partners only. There is no central bank of information where your class records are kept.

How do I get copies of my certificates if I have lost them?

You can print your certificates from any classes offered by the IAR or its Educational Partners by logging on to My Account. For non-IAR sponsored courses, you must contact each school that sponsored the course. For example if you took 3 courses from the Iowa Association of REALTORS® - we would have those records. If you took a course from a private business or broker- you need to contact the private business or broker, etc.

It is your responsibility to keep track of the courses you have taken and from which school where the course was offered.

If I don't have my hours in for renewal can I take the real estate exam again instead?

Yes, contact the Real Estate Commission at for specific instructions on how to take the exam for renewal.